Mongolian Lunar New Year commonly known as Tsagaan Sar (White Moon) is the biggest festival of the year, celebrated throughout the country since 1206. It is a moveable feast so is celebrated on the first through third days of the first lunar month. In the first day of the New Year, Mongolians have been watching the first sunrise of the year and telling their wishes to make come true. This is the most important family holiday of the year and is akin to Christmas, where families come together.
If you ever visit Mongolia during the Lunar New Year, we highly recommend you visit a Mongolian family. The family will greet you with the best of wishes and will invite you to the jolly table filled with buuz (dumplings) and mutton stew accompanied by various appetizers and small dishes. They never forget to give you a gift after the meal.